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"Carry On, Nurse Fred" is the twenty-fourth episode of the third season and the eighty-fourth overall episode of the original series, The Flintstones. It aired on March 1, 1963.

Synopsis

Wilma's mother has sent a very strict and rigid nurse, Miss Frightenshale to take care of baby Pebbles and the household.

Plot

Fred's troubles with fatherhood have only just begun. Wilma's mother has contracted with a nurse named Miss Frightenshale, who is equally as loud and insufferably dictatorial to Fred as mother-in-law, to tend to Pebbles' needs while the newborn is adjusting to life at home.

Frightenshale confiscates and disposes of Fred's cigar and a floral arrangement presented to Fred and Wilma by Barney in celebration of Pebbles' birth, on the pretext that they contaminate the air and are harmful to the baby. Frightenshale next declares that Fred is "not antiseptic" and forbids him contact with Pebbles unless he wears rubber gloves and a germs-blocking mask, which Fred grudgingly agrees to administer to his person and which frighten the baby. Pebbles cries, and Frightenshale accuses Fred of deliberately scaring his daughter.

Fred's limited patience is hence exhausted, and he terminates the vexing nurse's employment, after supposedly learning from a Dr. Rock baby book how to feed and diaper-change his infant. Wilma is angry at Fred's arbitrary dismissal of frightful Frightenshale and says that she will hold Fred responsible for the decision, despite Fred's confident plan to attain a leave of absence from work and assume the nurse's duties. He claims to have a foolproof daily schedule for this, but fails to include thereon time for the washing of dishes and the laundry. Fred also did not expect 2 A.M. feedings for Pebbles.

Drained of energy during his daily household travails, Fred leaves Pebbles atop a hamper of laundry while he puts cleaned bed sheets on the Flintstone clothesline and falls asleep. Wilma removes Pebbles from the laundry hamper before handing the hamper to the man assigned to transport its contents to the Bedrock Laundromat, and Fred awakes from his nap, notices that the laundry have been collected, panics with the belief that Pebbles was unknowingly mixed with the bundle of fabric, and scurries to the Laundromat to jump into the washing machines in a futile search for his daughter in the soapy water.

Wilma learns about the misunderstanding and telephones the Laundromat to convey the message that Pebbles is safe in her crib. Wet and weary, Fred concedes defeat and admits that he cannot cope with the rigours of baby-caretaking, and Frightenshale reappears, banishing Fred to garage after Fred sneezes from his exposure to the Laundromat water.

Miss Frightenshale's Rules

  1. "No smoking in the same house with the baby".
  2. "No flowers. Anything that might come in contact with this baby must be sterilized".
  3. "No visitors".
  4. (After catching Fred playing with Pebbles) - "Put her down till I say different".
  5. (After being fired by Fred) - "I never stay where I'm not wanted".
  6. (After being rehired) - "The baby will be quarantined from all contagious adults".

Characters

Locations

Bedrock

Animals

Vehicles

  • Wheelchair (only appearance)
  • Flintmobile
  • Police motorcycle

Cast

Alan Reed Fred Flintstone
Jean Vander Pyl Wilma Flintstone
Pebbles Flintstone
Miss Frightingshale
Mel Blanc Barney Rubble
Dino
Mr. Rockenheimer
Bea Benaderet Betty Rubble
Doug Young Officer
Laundry Man

Notes/Trivia

  • Fred reads a book by Dr. Rock, which is a reference to Dr. Spock.

Allusions

Errors

  • Wilma went into Bedrock Hospital in the previous episode, but she came out in this episode of Rockvue Hospital!


Season 3 of The Flintstones
"Dino Goes Hollyrock" • "Fred's New Boss" • "Barney the Invisible" • "Bowling Ballet" • "The Twitch" • "Here's Snow in Your Eyes" • "The Buffalo Convention" • "The Little Stranger" • "Baby Barney" • "Hawaiian Escapade" • "Ladies' Day" • "Nuthin' But the Tooth" • "High School Fred" • "Dial 'S' for Suspicion" • "Flash Gun Freddie" • "The Kissing Burglar" • "Wilma the Maid" • "The Hero" • "The Surprise" • "Mother-in-Law's Visit" • "Foxy Grandma" • "Fred's New Job" • "The Dress Rehearsal" • "Carry On, Nurse Fred" • "Ventriloquist Barney" • "The Big Move" • "Swedish Visitors" • "The Birthday Party"
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